Various Artists, Country Winners ’73, Columbia House 6067, 1973
I’m not usually a big fan of greatest hits packages or various artists compilations. My goal is to find interesting original records, not build a music collection. Every now and then, though, something catches my eye and I pick up something like Country Winners ’73.
First of all, the cover is preposterous. Who takes a horse on a picnic if they’re not going to ride it? Don’t they know that you can play Country Music to a horse, but you can’t make him listen?
The winners are all obviously from the Columbia stable of artists, but its awkward to pair Johnny Cash with Barbara Mandrell. The best two cuts are Charlie Rich’s Behind Closed Doors, and Lynn Anderson’s Top Of The World, which became a #1 Pop hit for The Carpenters.
Columbia House was a specialty label affiliated with the Columbia Record Club, and this was most likely a Record Of The Month selection that people overpaid for and cancelled their subscriptions. The record is in mint condition, probably because the original owner literally hated it. I’m not in love with it, but I am in like with it.
Cost: $1, $977 Remaining